Manchester to get first ever direct flight to Saudi Arabia

24 May 2007 by business traveller

Saudi Arabian Airlines will capitalise on the growing number of business people flying from the Northwest to the Middle East. On June 22, the Saudi national airline will launch the first ever direct link to its home country from Manchester. At present, passengers have to route via Heathrow or airports elsewhere in Europe or the Middle East.

Flights with B777s will operate twice a week every Monday and Friday to both Jeddah and the Saudi capital of Riyadh. On Mondays, flight SV122 will depart at 1400, reach Riyadh at 0015 (the next morning) then continue to Jeddah where it arrives at 0245. The Tuesday service SV124 leaves Manchester at 1400 but stops first in Jeddah at 2359 then Riyadh at 0230.

The return service SV123 every Monday will leave Jeddah at 0210, Riyadh at 0450 to arrive in Manchester at 1130. On Friday SV121 departs Riyadh at 0235, Jeddah at 0515 for a Manchester arrival at 1130.

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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